Hi everyone. This is my first ever instructable project, so bare with me. This is a prototype and I've already thought of a few improvements.
So, this stand is intended to be used by any med-large hand drum drum such as a djembe, ashiko, dohola or anything else with a similiar dimension. The drum pictured is a Remo 14" djembe.
The whole project should cost around $20-30. Rough-cutting: You can be up and running in about an hour.
Step 1: The Shopping List
Step 2: Making the Stand-wings
With a marker, draw out the shape of one of the stand-wings onto the cardboard. The wing should roughly look like a chubby "L".
The measurements are shown in the picture. Roughly 21" tall. Roughly 16" at the base.
Cut the cardboard with a box cutter or scissors.
Draw the outline of the template onto the plywood (Twice)
Using your favorite thin bladed saw, cut out the stand-wings.
Step 3: Hinge & Rope Assembly
Position the the two wings together. Make sure the hinge is level and mark the screw holes to be drilled.
Drill the holes all the way through the wood.
Assemble the hinge to the wood.
Drill holes near the top of the stand-wings.
Feed the end of the rope through the hole and tie off the end with a knot large enough to anchor it to the wood.
For this drum (Remo 14" djembe), the inside measurement of rope between the wings is about 16". You'll have to try this or other lengths to see which feels right. More length will allow the drum to sit lower.
Step 4: Play Your Drum!
Here you see the djembe sitting snuggly on the stand. At this point, you can paint or stain the stand to your liking. Once that's done, I suggest applying a clear coat to help protect your paint/stain job. Once clear-coated, then you can apply felt strips where ever the drum comes into direct contact with the stand - in order to prevent scratching or scuffing.
Now you can goto your next drum circle in style. You can enjoy your favorite libations without worrying about dropping your drum. It's also great for those who can't support the weight of the drum on their own.